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Archive for March, 2015

Use Your 2014 Tax Refund at California Dental Group

March 29, 2015

Learn about the benefits of investing in yourself with preventative dental care.

Use Your 2014 Tax Refund at California Dental Group Have you done your 2014 taxes yet? Will you be getting a refund? If so, have you thought about what you might use that refund for? While many people see their refund as “free” money to blow on entertainment or luxuries, in reality that refund represents your own hard-earned money and you should give some careful thought to what you want to do with it.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself every once in a while. However, using your tax refund to invest in yourself and your future should be…

What Causes White Spots on Teeth?

March 28, 2015

Learn about the causes of and treatments for white spots on teeth.

What Causes White Spots on Teeth?Have you noticed white spots on your teeth or your child’s teeth? In most cases, the spot itself is nothing to worry about, unless it presents a cosmetic problem. However, in all cases the spot does indicate a larger problem or problems that need to be addressed, such as:

  • Poor Oral Hygiene: If you do not take good care of your teeth, excessive amounts of plaque bacteria will build up. This is a problem for many reasons. It can cause tooth decay and gum disease and may eventually contribute to tooth loss. As if that weren’t…

Silver Amalgam Fillings Still Not Banned But Are They Right for You?

March 27, 2015

White composite fillings are more attractive and safer than silver amalgam.

Silver Amalgam Fillings Still Not Banned But Are They Right for You?After denying 3 petitions to ban or restrict the use of silver amalgam fillings that contain mercury, the FDA has revised the wording of its consumer advisory on this product to better reflect its position. Here are the key points to remember:

  • The FDA concluded silver amalgam fillings are safe and effective in 2009, following an in-depth review of the material.
  • The ADA (American Dental Association) also supports the use of silver amalgam fillings based on its own review of scientific studies on the topic.
  • Silver amalgam fillings are up to 50 percent…

3 Reasons to Schedule an Exam & Cleaning Before Whitening

March 26, 2015

Why you need to get a dental exam before your first professional teeth whitening treatment.

3 Reasons to Schedule an Exam & Cleaning Before WhiteningAre you tired of yellowed teeth tarnishing your smile? Whether your discoloration is caused by foods, beverages, or age, professional teeth whitening in your dentists’ office can help. However, if you want to have the best whitening experience and get the most satisfying result, you need to schedule a dental cleaning and exam first. Here’s why.

Ensure You Are a Good Candidate for Whitening

The first reason you need to get a dental exam before your professional teeth whitening treatment is that we want to make sure you are a…

Which Dentist in Upland CA is Better, a DDS or a DMD?

March 25, 2015

DDS and DMD are both signs of a trained dental professional.

Which Dentist in Upland CA is Better, a DDS or a DMD?If you are looking for a new dentist in Upland CA, you may be becoming confused by all the different abbreviations a dentist may have attached to their name. The two most common abbreviations are:

  • DDS—Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • DMD—Doctor of Dental Medicine

There is a common misconception that these are two different degrees indicating different levels of training or expertise. For example, some people assume that a DDS is the better choice for an extraction because they have the word “surgery” in their title.

In reality, DDS and DMD are the same degree….

Americans Spend More on Hair Care than Dental Care

March 24, 2015

Where does dental care fall on your list of spending priorities?

Americans Spend More on Hair Care than Dental CareConsidering how important oral health is for overall health, not to mention the growing interest in the impact of beautiful teeth on a person’s overall appearance, it seems surprising that Americans spend more on hair care than on dental care.

According to the Richmond Institute for Continuing Dental Education, Americans spend:

  • $50 billion on dental care
  • $50 billion on pet care
  • $60 billion on organic food
  • $71 billion on shoes
  • $100 billion on hair care
  • $121 billion on weight loss
  • $153 billion on alcohol

With over 318 million people living in the US, this translates to $157 of dental care (including professional…

It’s Root Canal Awareness Week

March 22, 2015

Celebrate Root Canal Awareness Week by scheduling a consultation with your dentist.

It’s Root Canal Awareness WeekMarch 22 to 28, 2015 is Root Canal Awareness Week, an event sponsored by the American Association of Endodontists. This event presents an excellent opportunity for patients to learn more about the steps involved in root canal therapy and the benefits this procedure can bring.

Start by checking out this root canal FAQ and then schedule an appointment at California Dental Group to learn more about how root canal therapy can help support your oral health.

Are Root Canals Painful?

There is a common misconception that root canals are a painful, frightening procedure to be avoided at all…

What Can a Cosmetic Dentist Do About Tooth Stains?

March 20, 2015

No matter what kind of tooth stains you may have, a cosmetic dentist can give you a whiter smile.

What Can a Cosmetic Dentist Do About Tooth Stains?Are you embarrassed by yellowed or stained teeth? You may have already tried every over-the-counter whitening product you can get your hands on with no success. But don’t give up! A cosmetic dentist can offer help with even the most severe stains and give you the bright, white smile of your dreams.

Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Stains

When you come to a cosmetic dentist for advice about improving the color of your teeth, the first thing they will do is examine your teeth to see what kind…

Keys to Dental Implant Success

March 19, 2015

The top 4 factors that can affect the success of your dental implant procedure

Keys to Dental Implant SuccessIf you are missing one or more teeth, you should be very interested in dental implants. This is the single best treatment for missing teeth from an oral health perspective. Why? Because only dental implants replace the entire structure of the missing tooth, including the root. This helps to prevent problems with bone loss that would otherwise occur if you did not replace your missing teeth or if you replaced them with bridges or dentures.

However, getting dental implants is a lengthy and costly procedure, so naturally if you are considering dental implants you…

Are Your Teeth as Healthy as a Medieval Peasant’s?

March 18, 2015

Medieval Europeans generally had good oral health but lacked restorative dental care.

Are Your Teeth as Healthy as a Medieval Peasant’s?Today we tend to think of the Middle Ages as a dark and backwards time when most people had short lifespans and a very poor quality of life. So you might be surprised to learn that when it came to dental hygiene and oral health, medieval Europeans actually had a better track record than modern Americans in some respects.

Tooth Decay

The average medieval European peasant actually had very strong teeth and few problems with decay. In fact, based on surveys of archaeological data, only 20 percent of teeth found at medieval sites showed…

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